Saturday, August 22, 2009

Cooking up a storm…literally

After my ten mile run yesterday, I set to work doing some cooking!  It’s been awhile since I really cooked something (instead of like…scrambled eggs on toast or mac and cheese), so it was fun!  I really do like cooking, especially trying new things.  It’s just hard to put all the work into cooking just to sit and eat by myself.  But it sure tastes good and I really only have to cook one-two times per week since leftovers are my best friend.  (Unless it’s pizza…I hate leftover pizza!)

For my first meal, I did some searching for a good recipe for quinoa.  I’ve heard about this grain before and always wanted to try it.  After searching (your best friend and mine), I went with this Quinoa and Black Beans recipe, mainly because I love black beans and the reviews said that it is very easy to customize.  I added a red pepper and zucchini to make the dish complete, and it was quite fantastic.  Easy recipe, although I left out the cayenne pepper (realized we didn’t have any) and used red pepper flakes instead…and I left out the corn because I’m not the biggest fan of corn when it’s in things.  Anyway, it was tasty…and I’m eating leftovers now.  Check it out:

082209 Random Food 006 Yum!  Sorry about the quality…I’m no food blogger!

Next up was this “Bean Concoction” as seen on Heather at Run Lean Green.  It looked like a good dinner alternative to my usual turkey sandwich, which isn’t my favorite, but it’s quick and easy so I fall back on it.  Simple recipe:

  • One can cannellini beans
  • Lemon juice
  • Minced garlic (sautéed in olive oil with red pepper flakes)
  • Sliced grape tomatoes
  • Cilantro (leftover from the quinoa recipe)…my own addition

Mash up the beans and add everything else and you’re good to go!  Simple and tasty.  I wrapped it up in a whole wheat wrap with some spinach…I was going to add avocado, but it was rotten!  $2 down the drain!  Oh well.

082209 Random Food 002Mixed up and ready to eat!

Some other good stuff that I picked up at the grocery store:

I’ve seen this peanut butter on some blogs, and I’ve thought about buying it before, but it’s $5+/jar.  I saw it on sale for $4-something, so I went ahead and bought it.  I have yet to taste it, but I’m excited.

082209 Random Food 003 Peanut butter AND white chocolate??  This has to be good

The Rocket Scientist thought I was crazy when I was excited for Chobani yogurt 10/$10.  That’s cheap for Greek yogurt, but let’s face it…that’s still expensive yogurt!  I stocked up anyway, and I’m excited to try new flavors like pomegranate!  I’m not a huge fan of fruit on the bottom, but we’ll make it work.

082209 Random Food 004

  Yogurt taking over the fridge!

After my cookfest yesterday, I headed to work.  Storms were on the way, as it was really windy as I climbed into my car.  I was hoping to beat the rain, but just as I pulled into the parking lot, it DOWNPOURED.  Like monsoon.  I had no umbrella.  Being late for work isn’t much of an option, so I made a run for it…annnnd got soaked.  We hunted for an extra scrub top in the closet at work, and we found a white one that was giant (even though it was a size small…), so I wore that with my wet pants.  FUN.


Easy recovery run today.  Cloudy and 78-ish, MUCH less humid than it’s been.  Awesome.

Saturday, August 22
5.23 miles in 44:04, avg pace of 8:25

Working this weekend…hopefully it goes better than my first weekend!


  1. You have to let me know what you think of the white chocolate PB. I have been very tempted to buy it. Hope all goes well at work this weekend.

  2. Ugh, I hate how much Greek yogurt costs. I make my own yogurt now, and I'm considering straining it to make my own Greek variety. (I'll let you know if it's any good and more cost efficient.)

    Both of those recipes sound good. Thanks for posting them! I've definitely been on the look-out for good, customizable lunch/dinner recipes.

  3. I love quinoa! I am always looking for recipe so I will have to give it a go!

  4. I can't believe you don't like leftover pizza!! I like pizza any way I can get it! Haha. The recipes look yummy!! Let us know how that PB is, I've been really wanting to buy it!

  5. I always want to try quinoa. So healthy. Although if I have to pick one, that PB and white chocolate wins hands down!

  6. I definitely want to try that quinoa dish. I'm not really sure what do with quinoa, so I definitely need a recipe.

    That is a great deal on Chobani, but I'm with Mica...yogurt is so dang expensive, it kiiiills me.

  7. I love quinoa!! I've actually added quinoa to my lasagna and absolutely love it.

    I have a cheap $7 rice maker and it cooks the quinoa perfectly!

  8. Oooh that's half price yogurt!

  9. Bummer about the downpour! We've been having random HUMONGOUS storms here...conveniently while I'm carrying something or really far from my car. Those Chobanis are glowing inside your fridge--such a great deal you got!

  10. I've always wanted to try quinoa too. What you did with it sounds pretty good! Loving all your yummy cooking!

  11. Both look so good! Oh yes, we love the quinoa at our house. Bonus: my kids think it's just rice and they loooooove rice! I like to make a kind of greek-ish version and add cannellini beans, sauteed chicken chunks, greek seasoning, cucumbers, feta, tomatoes and kalamata olives. Good warm or cold....mmmmmm. Sometimes I also mix the regular quinoa with red quinoa, makes a wonderfully colorful dish!

  12. OMG! I LOVE Peanut Butter & Co!! Their stuff is so good. You'll have to try the Dark Chocolate dreams next. Its delicious! And all natural ingrediants makes it even better :-)

  13. You make me want to get in to the kitchen and do some cookin'! The eats look darn good. :)